Koh Samui

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Once a fishing community, Koh Samui is now a buzzing cosmopolitan island offering a wide choice of nightlife along with cultural must-sees.

East of the mainland lies Koh Samui, the third largest Thai island behind Phuket and Koh Chang. The isle is dominated by vibrant greenery and bright white sands, surrounded by those seductive seas. With a generous scatter of temples, a trip to the island is a great way to combine a lush beach break with a historical adventure. Take a trip to Big Buddha Beach on the northern coast, recognisable by its giant golden statue that sits on a small rocky island to the eastern end of the sands. The impressive monument is reached by a wide staircase decorated with colourful dragons, and is visited daily by Buddhist worshippers who come bearing offerings of fruit and flowers. The beach itself is fringed by waving palms, and its smooth sands and calm waters make it a great beach for families.

Further south, reached by a scenic drive over the steep hills that surround it, lies the beach of Lamai, and the infamous Hin Ta and Hin Yai rock formations that adorn the southern coastline. On your way into Lamai, look out for the Spirit House – these ornate doll-size houses perch on sticks, and are believed to give wandering ghosts a place to live. In this case, the spirit houses are positioned at a dangerous curve in the road, and locals will honk three times for good luck as they pass. On Sundays, the Lamai beach road is closed to cars and a large market is set up – make sure to try the food as it is delicious and great value.

To the west of Lamai is another unusual attraction; a stunning Buddhist temple with elaborate red and gold features houses the body of a mummified monk. The body belongs to Luong Pordaeng, who passed in 1973, and his body remains seated in an upright glass case inside the temple. The life and death of Pordaeng inspires Thais to follow the Buddhist way of life.

Given Samui’s blend of exotic landscapes and fascinating religious landmarks, it’s easy to see why the island charms its visitors year upon year.

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Fast facts

  • Currency

    Thai Baht

  • Flight Time

    13 hours 40 minutes

  • Time Difference

    GMT +7

  • Best Time To Go

    January to April

Weather

Koh Samui has an average year round temperature of 30°C, and the monsoon season only lasts from September through to November. During this time it will still be hot with many sunny days, although refreshing monsoon periods may puncture the sunshine. The cool season takes place between December and February, and this is the ideal time to visit for beach and watersports based holidays. The temperatures rise sharply in March and the hot season runs through til August, with highs regularly soaring above 30°C.

Weather information for Koh Samui
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Temp 26 ℃ 27 ℃ 29 ℃ 29 ℃ 30 ℃ 29 ℃ 29 ℃ 29 ℃ 28 ℃ 27 ℃ 27 ℃ 27 ℃
Rain 90MM 30MM 30MM 80MM 160MM 100MM 120MM 100MM 130MM 290MM 430MM 150MM
Sunshine 7HRS 8HRS 8HRS 8HRS 6HRS 6HRS 6HRS 6HRS 6HRS 6HRS 6HRS 7HRS

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